Scaly-naped amazon

Scaly-naped Amazon: 33 to 38 cm. in height and 300 grams of weight. (Amazona mercenarius) is the only Amazon in mountainous areas.

General coloration green, with black-edged breast feathers, distinguished by yellow wingtip with orange spots, and tricolor outer tail feathers with a blue base, red middle part, and yellow tip.

Bill is gray with a pale area at the base of the maxilla; orange iris; brown legs. Both sexes are similar. Immature is thought to be similar to adults.

  • Order : Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Amazona
  • Scientific name: Amazona mercenarius
  • Protonym: Psittacus mercenarius
  • Origin: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia
  • Character: Shy
  • Height: 33 to 38 cm.


Scaly-naped amazons

Amazon mercenarius canipalliata

  • ( Cabanis, 1874) – Absent red speculum . Bases of outer secondaries marked with brown spots. Some specimens show scattered red feathers on the crown, throat, and upper chest.
  • ( Cabanis, 1874) – Andes from Colombia to northwestern Venezuela and Ecuador.

Amazon mercenarius mercenarius

  • ( Tschudi , 1844) – Nominal .
  • ( Tschudi, 1844) – Nominal. Andes from northern Peru to northern Bolivia; a single record in Argentina.

Andean and sub-Andean forests are permanently cloudy between 1,200 and 3,000 meters. Occasionally in warm soil and cultivated land.
Usually in pairs or groups of 30 to 40 individuals.

The Andes from Venezuela to northern Bolivia.


Scaly-naped amazon parrot

Evidence of Scaly-naped amazon reproduction has been reported between March and May in Colombia. Nest and eggs not yet described. The incubation period apparently lasts between 25 and 26 days.


Little information on its diet, but it has been observed eating figs and unidentified fruits in Colombia.
In Colombia, they have been observed descending to attack corn fields.

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